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Fantastic story on the McNabb trade

Posted on: July 25, 2010 1:45 pm
Mike Jensen and Ashley Fox of the Philadelphia Inquirer have a feature today that tells the story of how the Eagles came to trading Donovan McNabb. Andy Reid, Eagles president Joe Banner and owner Jeffrey Lurie all spoke very openly about the topic.

According to Banner, Reid basically said: "I think either one of these guys (McNabb or Kevin Kolb) are top-quality guys and we can win [this year] with them."

Banner acknowledged that if no trade had occurred, McNabb presumably would have gone to training camp as the starter again.
"We weren't in a panic mode, because we could've waited another year and it could've played out that way - but if we waited a year, maybe there would've been much less market value for Donovan," Lurie said. "He wouldn't be under contract to us, so we probably would've had to franchise him to have market value."

"It wasn't an easy decision, just a slam dunk, for me," Reid said. "You've got to evaluate age and you've got to evaluate what's left in the tank, who has the upside and who doesn't. You want to make sure you got maximum value for your football team because I'm not into giving good players away. I don't want to do that.

"Brett Favre was the last big-time [quarterback] to go someplace, and Brett was a little bit older. Green Bay got a fourth-round pick for him, so if it was going to be Donovan McNabb, who I figured could probably pull the most for our organization, I wanted to make sure it was at least close to what he was worth."

Apparently, Kolb’s impressive performance in two early-season starts last year made quite an impression – at least on Howie Roseman, who was promoted from VP of player personnel to general manager after the season.

"Sunday Night Football came on (after the Kansas City game) – there was this graphic about Kevin Kolb, how he was the first player in NFL history to throw over 300 yards in his first two starts," Roseman said.

Roseman said he went to his office the next morning and closely watched Kolb on tape.

"You see his decision-making, you see his poise, his accuracy - you go, 'This guy needs an opportunity to be an NFL quarterback,' " Roseman said. "He's not going to be sitting on the bench next year, whether it's here or somewhere else. I think it was at that moment, when you see him with the live bullets flying, that you knew he deserved a chance."

Other factors involved included Kolb ’s impressive showings in the preseason and the fact that offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg was fond of Michael Vick being the No. 2 quarterback. Additionally, players spoke on the record about how the age gap between McNabb and Kolb impacted the locker room dynamics.

Offensive tackle Winston Justice put it like this: "Everybody liked Donovan. We all liked Donovan as a player. There was a little bit of an age gap. We didn't laugh at the same jokes. We didn't listen to the same music. But I don't think that played into the [Eagles' decision] at all. We respected him as a football player."

Another Eagles offensive lineman, Todd Herremans, said, "I would say probably the majority of the players are younger players, and they drew to Kevin a little better as the last year went on, especially being able to get in there and actually play with them a couple games. The younger players in the locker room kind of wanted to see Kevin take over and get their own print on the team. As long as Donovan was on the team, it was going to be his thing, not the young kids taking over."

Entering his sixth season, Herremans said, "We would've loved to play with Donovan another year. But the majority of the locker room was leaning toward Kevin. It was not age or ability. They wanted to make their own mark in Eagles history right now."

The rest of the article gets into the Eagles’ conversations with McNabb’s agent (Fletcher Smith) and the back-and-forth that took place with various teams. It is excellent reporting, with all parties – Reid, Banner, Lurie and Smith – speaking very candidly. It’s highly recommended reading.

-- Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 25, 2010 3:42 pm

Fantastic story on the McNabb trade

I wish both quarterbacks with much success in the upcoming season.  Mcnabb will have his hands full with a new coach, new team and new players.  It is my wish that the redskins actually have a great year and beat the eagles in the playoffs.  That would be poetic justice.  I would also like to see the eagles have a great year with the new kids behind the lines and having much success. Wouldn't that be a great story to where the student becomes the master and totally outplays Mcnabb.  But all of this hubba ballo may not happen if a lock out looms in the very near future. Hopefully all sides may agree!

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